Don't Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America
Gang- and drug-related inner-city violence, with its attendant epidemic of incarceration, is the defining crime problem in our country. In some neighborhoods in America, one out of every two hundred young black men is shot to death every year, and few initiatives of government and law enforcement have made much difference. But when David Kennedy, a self-taught and then-
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The gist of his idea to stop gun violence this: a lot of people in the community might be involved in drugs, but there's only a handful of shooters. Investigate, figur ...more
Kennedy, a self-described "long hair" originally from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard (he is no relation to THAT Kennedy family) and now at NYU, believes he has found a new method that will seriously reduce violence and crime in troubled communities. He thinks that if cops find the most dangerous g ...more
I live in Oakland, CA, a highly charged city of 440,000 people with no shortage of opinions on what to do about crime. I would argue that the problem of inner city violence is understood by Oakland residents more earnestly than most; what isn't so well understood it seems, are successful approaches taken elsewhere to address the same problems.
When a body drops in Oakland, members of the community demand action -- more jobs for the economically disadvantaged, more cops for the ...more
I think this is an excellent book for anyone interested in public safety, inner cities, race relations, and crime. I learned thin ...more
Before proceeding, I'd like to offer my perspective on Kennedy's informal, conversational writing style. Some readers find it a significant distraction. I found it brilliant. The style allows the author to highlight his personal perspective on a policing strategy whic ...more
It's amazing to hear stories of cynical police departments, DA offices, community activists who have to re-evaluate the way they work when their eyes are opened to how successul Kennedy' ...more
I have to give this book all the stars I can, because I am convinced of what Kennedy is convinced of: this stuff works. It just does. I am reminded of all the blocks people have thrown up in the face of change -- let's get real, the blocks I throw up for mys ...more
The chapters entitled 'Across the Race Divide' and 'High Point: Truth Telling and Reconciliation' are insightful and brilliant. Kennedy clearly grasps the role that racial inequ ...more
[The dramatic style is annoying at times bu ...more
1. They think too small. They fail to understand that the kind of crime that destroys a community (Kennedy focuses on gang warfare and open air dru ...more
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